Italy – Capri Ferry and Hydrofoil Docks- Caution Pickpockets

Capri Ferry and Hydrofoil – from Naples to Capri – Be Careful of Pickpockets

Take this day trip from Naples to Capri for a memory filled day of wandering the beautiful port town.  Almost all travelers make this trek by taking one of the many ferries or hydrofoils that leave the Naples port. You need to be aware that pickpockets favor the activity at the Naples port. Take a moment to read the below so you don’t become a victim.

What’s the Difference Between a Capri Ferry and Capri Hydrofoil?

Well, a ferry is a larger boat that can take both passengers and cars and they leave from part of the Naples port called Calata Porta di Massa. Duration of a ride with a Capri ferry is about 80 minutes and the ride takes longer than the hydrofoils. The hydrofoil or jet foil is a fast boat taking passengers only (no cars) and leaves from the Mollo Beverello part of the Naples port with a ride duration of 50 minutes.  It can take about 200-250 passengers at a time.

Most travelers give preference to Capri hydrofoil over the Capri ferry to save time and most pickpockets prefer the hydrofoil dock too since more tourists are there than at the ferry.

Capri ferry and hydrofoil: Buying a hydrofoil ticket to the isle of Capri Italy is where most of the pickpocket problems occur

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When travelers plan to visit Capri town, most tend to take the early trips – but many tack on additional stops at Sorrento or even Pompeii to their itinerary. The early ship docks around 7, on a working day, and the earliest one leaves at 8:10.  For up to date departure times timetable check here (http://www.capri.net/en/ferry-schedule). When you’re reading the table pay attention to Port of departure. If it says Molo Beverello, that’s one of the hydrofoils. All the others are Capri ferry boats which are slower.

The ticket booth lines can get very, very busy. Travelers need to keep in mind, especially due to the fact that the port of Naples can accommodate up to 4-5 cruise ships in a day. If only one quarter of the people wants to visit Capri first thing in the morning, and they will, it’s a lot of people. Not to count the local tourists!    As you walk out of the huge building of Naples’s Stazione Marittima cruise terminal, Walk towards the main street at the end of the big parking lot and then turn right towards the flat long building with a Mollo Beverello sign on it. This is where you will get your tickets for the Capri hydrofoil.

As you are standing in front of the Molo Beverello building, go round its right hand corner, facing the main street, not the sea. There, you will see a number of different windows belonging to different companies selling tickets to Capri, Sorrento, Ischia and other destinations. You should not worry about which company you’ll be using, all you need to worry about is the destination and the time of the hydrofoil time you want to use. So, if you want to use a 8:10 hydrofoil to Capri, that’s the sight to look for in the window. Before you stand in line of the booth advertising your preferred time, make sure you have euro cash on you! They do not accept credit cards. This is where the problems begin. As you are waiting in line to buy tickets, be very careful of your belongings when standing in line. This area is like a magnet for pickpockets as they know tourists have many valuables and are easily distracted while waiting in line. Hold your purse under your arm or in front of you, if you have a travel daypack or backpack, make sure it is one that has security zippers or you’ve locked yours down with zipper locks. They is a cost effective and clever way to lock down zipper pulls and keep out prying hands. Many tourists who frequent the Capri Ferry-Hydrofoil dock fall victim to thieves who sneak up behind them and take advantage of the crowded area.

At this same location you will see a lot of beggars asking for change after you had purchased your tickets. Always use caution when dealing with beggars – you never want anyone to see where you place your wallet.

You need to use caution at the same types of lines on the island of Capri when you want to return to Naples.  In Capri, you will arrive and leave from the port of Capri (Marina Grande) where they use the funicular/cable car to ride up and down the cliff to and from the town of Capri. To buy the return boat tickets, people normally buy return tickets by standing in line at the booth in Capri’s Marina Grande. Pickpockets target tourists here too. If you want to avoid some of the lines, you can also purchase them at the cashier of the little café with a terrace by the car park, 30 seconds walk from the Molo Beverello building.

Again, don’t let pickpockets scare you from Capri. Pickpocket work all over the world – they just really like to work locations where tourists may be found in larger numbers. Tourists are great targets, they carry money and can be easily distracted by the sights or intentionally by thieves. They usually don’t file police reports in foreign countries either, so pickpockets see the pockets of tourists as easy pickings!

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